Sorry to bore you, i just cant talk to someone i know about this im the only real person i know who would understand.
I have a full time job which i dont like and due to being cut back to 26 hours a week 8 months ago i thought id try and make a fun past time in to a little extra money. I thought it would be easy, simple and straight forward but the affiliate game gets deep, much deeper than i thought. What i wanted to create and having the knowledge to do it is, well, theres a massive steep learning curve inbetween (and i thank agd for making it a little less steep) what you can do and how long its takes for you to get there. I im still a year away or even more from my site even retaining peoples interest even for a second viewing but the thing that keeps me going is everytime i see that registration count go up is "YES i held somesones interest for long enough to not of randomly signed up".
Afew months ago i gave up on my banner farm and decided to add a little more content (still not much) i took the time to learn strict html5 (well kinda instead of limited drag and drop software) got my site kinda how i wanted it to look like and it feels like im getting somewhere, and then i go weeks without a decent reg just hit and runners for bonuses putting me in the negative, but then i look at the sites which i dont post bonuses for and see them slowly creep up and i try to find a natural equilibrium between them both, im thinking a forum will be the key but theres no way to catch up with the big boys, i havnt got the time to spam/promote. Like you see in so many posts due diligents, time, hard work and effort isnt just the key to be a good affiliate, it opens more doors, i have a new better job with more money and the reason i got the job i was told (after the interview) was the way explained i tried to create something out of nothing, pushing myself, teaching myself, reaching for goals and stepping into unknown territory, so trying to make money as an affiliate hasnt made me much and i hope ill get there one day but trying has made my life better in different ways. Sorry i cant give you the 2 minutes of time it took you to read this back, i just wanted to tell my story.